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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY New Braunfels Canyon, SVHS head district volleyball team. See Page 1B. 50 CENTS $•38,000 DoitflftloM so tar — •tattoo To contribute to tho United Way, call 620-7760 15 Herald 20 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, November 27,1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of Tammy Koapp ming „____ Vol 144. No 272 Inside Editorial........................................4A Sports..........................................1B Comics.........................................2B Market Place...........................4B-8B St jni mtisch Birthday wiohoo from tho Norald-Zoitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Susan Brocks, Jo Jones, Jacalyn Brown, Rick Surprcnant, Josh Graham (18 years old), Tim Pearson (18 years old), Garrett Bonnema (17 yean old), Kyndal Leigh Fend-ley (I year old), James Parker Sr., Tammy Koepp, Lucille Fishbeck, Lillian Kramer, Freddy Fischer (85 yean (rid). Anniversary wishes are extended to: Nell and Bill Morton (44 yean), Doris and Norman Stephens (44 yean), Shirley and Jim Hayes (43 yean) and Mr. and Mn. Felix Esquibel (46 yean). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Poilu Count Mold — 4,966 Mountain Elm —10 Ragweed—trace Grass —trace (Rotan measured in parti per fxiNc meter of sir. information provided by Dr. Frank Hampei.) River Ii if or mation Comal River —104 cubic feet per second, the same as Tuesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon We! — 623.18 feet above sea level, down .01 from Tuesday. Canyon Dam discharge —148 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 213 cfs Canyon Lake level — 806.60 fast above see level. (Below ooneervatlon pool.) NBJ rapompum^&OS million onions of surface water Wodnseday, and no wel water was used. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s Cheer Fund kicked off its 15th campaign to provide food for local needy families on Nov. 17. The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County. To donate to the Cheer Fund, call 625-9144 and ask for Carol Ann Avery. Donations so far include: B Arnold and Jean Pauien — $100. ■ Alan and Betty Bartlett — $20. B Today’s total — $1,412.48 Paper's oHIom dotsd for holiday The Herald-Zeitung's offices will be closed Thursday in celebration of Thanksgiving. Regular office hours will resume Friday. Veterans for Christ consoling clothing The Veterans for Christ Ministry is collecting donations of blankets, adult coats, jackets, sweaters and gloves (men's and women's) for its fourth annual Christmas Homeless Outreach for homeless veterans and others in need in San Antonio. Call 625-6375 for details. Cookbooks on solo to fund sehoiaro^ilpo Cookbooks to benefit the Joe Hales Memorial Scholarship Fund are now on sale for $6.50 apiece at Carl Schurz elementary School. For more information, call Linda Bingham, the New Braunfels Independent School District HOSTS coordinator. Herald-Zeituna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Tina Graves, a cashier at th# Sac-N-Pac at Live Oak and San Antonio rips off a lottery ticket for tonight’s $50 million {ackpot. Big jackpot spurs Lotto dreams By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A new car, a boat — maybe a plane. New Braunfels resident Betty Meckel laid she could find something to spend Wednesday’s $50 million Lotto jackpot on if she were to win it all. But if it really came down to it, she’d spend it on her two children and three grandchildren. ‘‘In the back of their minds, most people don’t think about winning the lottery,” said Meckel, who bought her ticket this morning. ”1 could find something to spend it on though. I*d go on trips to Hawaii, Florida, New York, wherever.” Many New Braunfels residents like Meckel have been struck with the Lotto fever as statewide sales by Tuesday had reached 2.3 million. State lottery officials said they expect a boom in sales today since about 75 percent of sales occur on the day of the drawing. For example, the Lotto pot was $50 million in July 1993 when total sales reached about 33 million and three people shared the winning ticket. Tonight’s jackpot started at $10 million for a Nov. 9 drawing in which no one won. Officials said the odds of winning are one in 16 million regardless of the number of ticket sales. The largest Texas lottery jackpot was on March 16, 1994 when it reached $75 million, which was shared by five winners. The top U.S. lottery jackpot was $118.8 million in California on April 17,1991, which IO people ended up sharing. Not every potential winners said they would embark on a shopping spree. Rita Radosevich of New Braunfels said the first thing she would do is go to the bank and set up a trust fund for six charities. “I don’t want any of it,” she said. ‘‘All it would do is change my style of life. “To win a great amount like that would be nothing but heartache” Radosevich said. Many to close offices through weekend From staff reports County and city government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday and will not reopen until Monday. Offices for the city of New Braunfels will reopen Monday with normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The city’s Sanitation Department will be available for garbage service starting at 5 a.m. Thursday. Residents are encouraged to place their garbage out the night before to eliminate any missed pickups. On Friday, garbage service will go back to its regular schedule. NEU trustees vote to reduce electric rates By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees approved a plan Tuesday to lower electric rates in response to the lower prices the utility now pays for the power it buys from its wholesale distributor. The City Council must approve the proposed decrease in three readings. The earliest the proposed rates could take effect is Jan. 27 for the February billing cycle. NBU expects to sav e up to $ 1.8 million in 1997 through the new prices it will pay to the Lower Colorado River Authority. “I’m pleased about the recommendation,” said Mayor Jan Kennady, who is also one of the five NBl I trustees. "I think it will show' a good faith effort and I think City Council will approve it.” The proposal would amend the current electric service ordinance to allow for the new hilling option. NBU trustees debated the proposed measure for about a half-hour before Lower rates The average NBU customer will see a reduction of $2.21 per month for 1.000 kilowatts. Larger commercial and industrial users would see bigger savings. approving it unanimously. Trustees Gene Mornhinweg and James Goodbread expressed initial concern that the proposed savings might be better used to pay off pending bonds or help to subsidize water and sewer costs, which typically do not show profits. Other trustees said they believe the reduction in rates is an effort by IX RA to allow NBU to retain customers before possible deregulation of the electric industry changes the market. “This is a step where LURA is trying to gel thinner and leaner and passing the savings down to us,” Trustee Robert Orr said, “lf we lose them, the rest of us w ill have to pick up the rest of the slack.” Trustees delay decision on interim school chief By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer BFI will not pickup any recyclables on Thursday but service will resume on Fnday. Thursday’s routes will be picked up on Thursday of next week. For further information or assistance, call the city offices at 608-2100 during regular business hours. During weekends and holidays, please leave a message and the city will return the call during regular business hours. New Braunfels Utilities offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, but emergency crews and phone numbers will be working. The NBU office will reopen on Monday at 8 a.m. For the second time in two weeks, the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees delayed deciding on who to hire as an interim superintendent and how to hire a replacement for departing superintendent Charles Bradberry. Bradberry accepted a position with the Keller Independent School District near Fort Worth. Though he has not officially resigned from NBISD, he’s announced that he begins work at K1SD in January. About 35 persons attended the noon meeting Tuesday, which lasted about an hour. Board members discussed whether an interim superintendent should be selected from current administrators. “I’m seeing a lot of holes and I’m not seeing a lot of people to put into them,” said trustee Bette Spain, who said she favored hinng someone not currently on start’ to serve as interim superintendent. “I know we have capable people. That’s absolutely not the issue.” Trustee Sylvia Sanchez disagreed. Others favor someone from w ithin the district because of the stability it Masons, VFW post set to put on fifth dinner By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer It is time to feast, because the Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8573 in Sattler are staging their firth annual Thanksgiving supper on Thursday. “It is a free dinner for everyone and the public is invited. Donations are accepted,” said Chuck Homan, quartermaster for VFW Post 8573. Dinner will start at noon and last until the final piece of turkey or dab of cranberry sauce is gone, Homan said. The dinner w ill be at the VFW Post. Homan said the dinner started five years ago when the VFW Post’s commander, Matt McClear, a Masonic member, got together with post members and decided to provide the dinner. The dinner’s proceeds supports a good cause. “Any proceeds and donations we get from it we give to local charities at Canyon Lake,” Homan said. Cold, soggy holiday expected People are advised to stay inside and keep warm because it is going to be a soggy Thanksgiving. Pat Herald, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said it will be cloudy with a 70 percent of rain with low temperatures in the mid 30’s and highs in the mid 40s. Friday will be much of the same with a good chance of rain and showers with a highs in the 50s and lows in the 40s. On Saturday, Herald said the rain will stop but the skies will remain cloudy with lows in the 30s and highs in the 60s. A holiday happening Hemld-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Hemaldo Arredondo licks hit fingers after a tasty enchilada dinner Tuesday at the New Braunfels Civic Cantar during the Adobe Cafe’s annual Hot Metals for the Holidays, a free warm meal traditionally given to those who might have to go without. would create and the knowledge he or she would have. Sanchez said. “To me, I would feel a little more comfortable with someone from inside the district who know the district." Two trustees asked Lonnie Curtis, the assistant supenntendent ol finance, w hat kind of strain would be placed on his start’if he were to take the interim position. C urtis said he w as confident his start could maintain operations, but an additional staff person might be needed. “lf we’re talking about going six months to a year, it does wear things pretty thin," Curtis said. Karen Simpson, executive director of student services and interim high school principal, told hoard trustees she had to work evenings and weekends to keep up with tin.* demands from her two positions. She said he supported C 'urns, but asking him to take on two positions could he unfair to him and the start . Simpson was named interim high school principal after long-time principal John Turman asked lo be reassigned. “Being iii two positions right’s very, very awkward,’’ Simp- Turn to NBISD. Page 2A Release to swell Guadalupe By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer_ The Guadalupe River will carry more water during the Thanksgiving weekend, to ease pressures from heavy rains further up the waterway. Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority officials announced Tuesday that they are increasing the outflow from Canyon Lake by 45 cubic feet per second. GURA Chief Engineer Tommy Mill said the out How was changed from 105 cfs to 150 cfs as of Tuesday morning. GURA made the change because of a weekend cold front that brought rain to the upper Guadalupe River watershed and dropped 1.40 inches onto Canyon Lake. Turn to River, Page 2ATougher tactics called for to fight terrorism. See Opinion, Page 4A ;